Module code: PRO1030

Module Overview

This module is designed to allow students to undertake a support role in a time critical production environment. Students will work in support of assigned departmental work and explore the collaborative nature of production through the communication and delivery of a live performance.

Working within their peer group, freelance and in-house production teams, students will be able to apply and evidence basic skill acquisition in the core activities of the pre-production, production and post-production periods.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W441

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 146

Seminar Hours: 3

Tutorial Hours: 1

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:


Students will work within a small team under the supervision of the GSA staff to facilitate the preparation, rigging, and operation of technical elements for performance. Students may also support the work of a team in the administration, prop sourcing or other activities relating to the work of the stage management department.
Students may work variously with freelance/professional teams, second and third year students or in-house technicians on a range of GSA presentations.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Practice 50
Coursework Production Notebook (e-portfolio) 50

Alternative Assessment

(Resit only): Reflective Essay (1500 words) (Resit only): Re-submission of Production Notebook

Assessment Strategy

In keeping with the Programme's Assessment strategy, the practical assessment is designed to develop the students' knowledge and understanding of the working practices of theatre production and enhance their own self-reflection and personal development.


Summative Assessment will in take the form of a;

  • Practice/Process report returned upon completion of the production(s).

  • Submission of a Production Notebook (e-portfolio) detailing the students practice and reflection upon their performance.


Formative assessment; delivered in a series of developmental tutorials.

Module aims

  • Apply skills learnt in previous class/workshops to the practical realisation of the work of an assigned production department.
  • Aid familiarity and confidence in recognising technical components in their preparation, rigging and operation.
  • Advance students' understanding of the management of a production through practical experience and observation of a production from fit-up to get-out.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to identify and explore further areas of interest and study in one or more subject areas.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Engage in the theatre production process adopting the procedures and methods at every stage of the process. KP
002 Apply working practices learned in taught modules to the production process. P
003 Demonstrate problem-solving skills in a creative team environment. CT
004 Engage positively in team and group activity. T
005 Understand the need for planning of personal workloads. CT
006 Review their performance and reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses. C

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable the student to demonstrate practical application of skills at an introductory level.
Encourage the acquisition of intermediate knowledge and skills in one or more subject areas.
Prompt independent study and development of new found areas of interest within the wider Production Skills portfolio.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Attendance and contribution to production meetings and ad hoc briefings.
Specialist demonstration and instruction (e.g. rigging at height, electrical Health and Safety, etc.)
Competency exercises in basic theory and practice of production.
Workshops and ad hoc sessions with visiting creative/ production professionals.
Compilation of Production Notebook as learning and reference tool.

(Hours of activity are dependent upon the size and genre of production, venue and contributing number of freelance or associate professional staff)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery falls in Semester 1 due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Block 1.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Theatre Production BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.